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If You Were an Adjective
If You Were an Adjective
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If You Were an Adjective

by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Sara Gray

Discover the colorful, brilliant, dazzling life of an adjective! In this imaginative picture book, young grammarians are introduced to these busy words that describe nouns. Along with bright illustrations and colorful fonts, bestselling author Michael Dahl (If You Were a Verb and If You Were a Noun) delivers an imaginative read-aloud for your littlest grammarians.

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level7-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-4
Trim Size11 x 9
Page Count24



Book Links - Mary Northrup

"This series uses vibrantly colored illustrations and whimsical layouts to offer children an accessible introduction to grammar fundamentals. Michael Dahl's If You Were an Adjective (2006) combines simple phrases with striking, highly textured pictures of animals--from howler monkeys to Arctic foxes--to demonstrate the use of adjectives. Other titles in the series include Dahl's If You Were a Noun (2006), Nancy Loewen's If You Were a Conjunction (2006), and Trisha Speed Shaskan's If You Were Onomatopoeia (2008)." - Book Links

May 1, 2008

School Library Journal - Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst

"These concept books define parts of speech and give examples of their usage. The examples are in capital letters and in a color different from the surrounding text. Bright acrylic illustrations will help younger children visualize each part of speech. They are full of movement and color and make the books inviting. These titles are excellent resources to use along with Ruth Heller's books on the parts of speech." - School Library Journal

September 1, 2006

Booklist - Shelle Rosenfeld

"In this volume in the If You Were series, a picture-book format; vibrantly colored, full-page illustrations; and a whimsical layout combine to offer children an accessible introduction to grammar. Simple phrases, accompanied by striking, highly textured picturesof animals - from howler monkeys to Arctic foxes - demonstrate the use of adjectives. For example, following a brief definition of noun, the text goes on to read, "An elephant is a noun. If you were an adjective, you would tell us about the elephant. The GRAY elephant is GIGANTIC and WET." Comparative, proper, and superlative adjectives, printed in large colorful display type, stand out from the main handprinted-style text. Though some additional explanation from an adult may be needed, the art is a delight, and the peppy prose and familiar examples will help the lesson slide down easily. An activity (find an adjective for each letter of a child's name), a brief glossary, and a few additional resources, conclude." - Booklist

April 1, 2006

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight, Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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